Moose Lodge plans to hold oldies benefit for fire victim

January 14, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Longing to see Elvis gyrate to "Jailhouse Rock" or hear Roy Orbison cry for a "Pretty Woman?"

Impersonators of the rock-and-roll icons are coming to the Westminster Moose Lodge on Sunday in a benefit for a fire victim.

The imitators -- authentic right down to the blue suede shoes -- will sing golden oldies from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Those who want can take the mike and sing a tune or two.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Virginia Mitten, 71, whose John Street home and nearly all her possessions were destroyed in a fire Nov. 7, 1993.

Members of the Moose have organized the fund-raiser to help move Mrs. Mitten back to the Westminster street where she has lived for nearly 45 years.

Many said they are merely returning a favor.

"Ginny has been our long-time mainstay here," said Dick Ford, administrator of the lodge on Buena Vista Drive. "She has been a real sweetheart, always ready to help us out, especially in the kitchen."

The "Roy" and "Elvis" shows are all profit, thanks to Joan Howard, a lodge employee, who won the performances in a raffle at a previous event.

"I won the show at an event the same day of the fire," said Ms. Howard. "I couldn't think of a better use for it than to help Ginny."

Ms. Howard has asked local businesses for donations to help fill an auction card.

She said bidders will vie for dinners at area restaurants, a getaway night at a hotel or a short shopping spree.

The $10 cost of admission includes a chicken dinner. Members have amassed door prizes and are asking for contributions to the cake table.

"We are doing all we can for Ginny," said Ms. Howard. "She got completely wiped out in the fire. She walked out with the clothes on her back and that was about it."

Mr. Ford said the lodge can accommodate about 500 people and that tickets are still available. A few months ago, a benefit for an accident victim raised $3,200.

"I think this time we will hit that figure or better," he said.

Mrs. Mitten, who is temporarily living with her son in Union Bridge, said she is pleased and excited to be the guest of honor.

She is awaiting insurance estimates before making a decision about where she will live.

Although she is not sure if or when she will be returning to her home, she said she is thankful for any assistance from her lodge friends.

The benefit will help her replace many belongings.

"I lost pretty near everything," she said. "All we saved were a few pieces of furniture and some clothing.

Information: 857-5821.

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